As Christians, our life is now less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. Whilst we cannot pray with people in the ways we are used to, we can still pray, and pray together as the body of Christ.
Please do consider how you might maintain a pattern of daily prayer, bible reading and regular worship at this time - below are some links to existing resources that might support you in this. Both the villages of Hanborough and Freeland have community groups set up for mutual aid of our neighbours. We would encourage those who are able to do so safely to offer their support to these efforts, serving the kingdom of God through acts of love and service to one another.
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer." (Romans 12.12)
Helping our Neighbours
Hanborough Mutual Aid group
Freeland Mutual Aid group
Daily Prayer resources
Morning Prayer, Prayer during the day, Evening Prayer and Night prayer are all available from the Church of England website or as apple or android apps (search for ‘daily prayer app’)
These change for each day with different readings and prayers. The church is working on providing audio for these services soon.
Pray as you go - an audio reading and reflections on the reading, with music from a wide variety of traditions. Great for listening to as you are cooking!
Ask your smart speaker - “Alexa, open the Church of England” or “Hey google, talk to the church of England”
Don’t forget the Radio! - the daily service is on at 09.45 on Radio 4 Long Wave
A prayer amid an Epidemic
A prayer for pandemic
A playlist of traditional hymns
Advice on the practice of making a ‘spiritual communion’ from the Archdeacon of London
Worship at home (including ideas suitable for families with children)
Bible in one year - a Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumble (Vicar of HtB in London and pioneer of Alpha
The Bible app - a free app with plans, different translations etc
Olive Tree Bible - with commentaries, plans etc
Cantena Bible - with commentaries from the church fathers linked to each verse (also available as an app)
Practical advice from a Christian perspective
A hand washing poster with the Lord’s prayer
Tips from a nun on social-distancing (who has been practicing it for 29years!)
BBC article on how to protect your mental health at this time
Resources from the Church of England on supporting good mental health - a ten day programme of bible readings and reflection